Health & Wellness

Kinesiologists, child care workers, audiologists, fitness instructors, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, youth care workers, hospital porters, and medical technicians are just some of the numerous and varied occupations in the health and wellness sector. In addition to its wide variety of careers, this sector is also significant for the number of workers it employs. According to Canada’s Health Care System, published by Health Canada in 2005,* “approximately 1.6 million people work in health care and social services in Canada”. This figure, according to the same publication, makes this sector “the nation’s third largest employer after manufacturing and the retail trade”. The demand for health and wellness professionals will only increase. One reason is that a large number of employees in the sector is nearing retirement age. A survey conducted in 2002 found that “12% of the total number of [Ontario’s] health care professionals … are over the age of 55”.† In addition, as our population ages the demands on the health care sector will rise. The SHSM–Health and Wellness enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Depending on local circumstances, the SHSM–Health and Wellness may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, WDHS focuses on fitness and DSS has a focus on hairstyling and esthetics.